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Review: A Little Something Different

Sandy Hall - A Little Something Different

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute read! If you’re the sort of person who loves rooting for a couple in a book, you should read this. A Little Something Different is literally a book about everybody shipping a couple of students. That’s it. That’s the story. And it was a really fun story. It wasn’t the most exciting story, but it was cute.

Why was it so cute? Mostly because the main characters, Lea and Gabe, were really cute together and it was so easy to see why everybody else in the book thought that they should be a couple. You see, the book is written from several points of view – I think there are about 14. That sounds really confusing, but it’s actually not because it’s always really clear who’s talking in each part of the book. Anyway, you only see Lea and Gabe through these different perspectives and so it kind of feels like watching a tv show.

I definitely had some favourite perspectives in this book – I loved the bus driver, and I also really liked Gabe and Lea’s classmate, Victor. He always got really annoyed with them because they weren’t together, and his chapters were really entertaining. I was also a fan of the squirrel and the bench chapters. Yep, even the animals and the inanimate objects in the park were shipping this couple. I personally found the bench to be really entertaining, and the squirrel was just cute.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story. I do have to say though, I didn’t find that much was happening a lot of the time – it’s pretty slow. It’s also very character-driven, and very frustrating to read because you too will end up wanting Lea and Gabe to end up together. It’s a really fun contemporary and worth the read.


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